As the end of the year approaches, 41% of the people in our country start setting their goals for the New Year. Usually those goals consist of losing weight, making more money, improving relationships or creating a better life. By the end of January about 95% of resolution’s and goals are dropped and we tend to go back to our old habits of eating badly, not making the money we want or improving ourselves and our relationships. I am often asked by my clients what they can do to achieve their goals and stick to their New Year resolutions to create the life they desire. I have gathered a few tips to help you achieve the goals you want and stick to your resolutions in 2014.
- Start brainstorming: Think big! Give yourself time to dream big and think out of your comfort zone. Know that at first you’re brainstorming to figure which goals you really want. Understand you’re not committing to anything at first. You’re stirring your creative juices to think about goals you really want to achieve in 2014.
- Get to the root cause of self-sabotaging behavior: What things did you do to stop yourself from reaching your goals last year? Was it too many distractions such as facebook? Get to the root cause and make slight changes to eliminate those behaviors and distractions so you can keep to your new goals.
- Create a life Wheel: On a piece of paper draw a circle with 8 spokes (see photo) Most versions of the wheel have 8 spokes, but just as every person is a very different individual, every person's wheel may have different spokes that are important to them. The eight sections in the wheel of life represent balance. Place a dot on the line in each category to indicate your level of satisfaction within each area. Place a dot at the center of the circle to indicate dissatisfaction, or on the periphery to indicate satisfaction. Most people fall somewhere in between .Connect the dots to see your Circle of Life. Identify imbalances. Determine where to spend more time and energy to reach your goals and create balance.
- Don’t just think it, in it: Write down your goals. Studies show that the simple act of writing our goals helps the mind and body connect and increase your chances of success. When we write things down they become real, it’s no longer a thought form. Once you reach the goal cross it off the list. It will give you a feeling of accomplishment to continue to reach your other goals on your list.
- Set a deadline: Set a time table or deadline for your goals and resolutions. For example: By March 14th I lost 20 lbs. Most people respond in a dramatic fashion to the challenge of deadlines. This will get you motivated to work on your goals and stay focused.
- Chunk time: Set time apart every day to work on a specific goal. For example your goal is to clean the mess in the garage. Take 30 minutes every day to work on that goal. Working on a goal every day will create a compound effect and it will help you reach the set goal or resolution.
- Find a Goal Buddy: Finding a goal buddy will help you both get the support you need to fulfill and stick to your resolutions.
- State in the “I am”: When creating your goals state in the first person. Such as I am, instead of I want. Example: “I want to make more money in 2014”. This statement is not in the present first person and will only create more that outcome which is wanting to make more money in 2014. You want to write down I am making more money in 2014. Your creative power will work at producing your goal. This way of speak and writing is called a declaration. Declare it and make it happen!
- Find your “Why”: When you have a set Why for doing something it keeps you focused and determine to reach that goal. Ask yourself why do you want to reach this goal what is it soo important that you reach the goal?
- Share your resolutions with everyone: When you tell others about your goals it keeps you accountable and it makes the goal real. People will ask you about it, which in turn will keep reminding you of the commitment you made to reach that goal.
Use S.M.A.R.T.: Check in and see if the resolutions you wrote down fall within the S.M.A.R.T category.
- S- Specific: Means well define, something that is clear to everyone.
- M-Measurable: When you make the goals measurable it keeps you on track and you can measure your progress to make sure you’re not slacking off.
- A-Attainable: Your goals need to push you further, make you get out of your comfort zone but at the same time make them attainable. You can’t create a goal to be a heart surgeon when you have never been to medical school. Separate reality from fantasy.
- R-Relevant: Make sure your set goals are aligned with your core values. Why does it mean something to reach this specific goal in your life and keep to that resolution?
- T- Time Sensitive: Act with urgency. Set a timeline/deadline and you will make reaching those goals and sticking to your resolutions a priority.
When setting resolutions and goals, subtle adjustments transform wishes and hopes into results. Happy New Year! May 2014 be the year you create unlimited possibilities!